How to apply

Admission - 2024/2025

Admission process
By competition based on qualifications and examinations

Available positions

Ordinary call:

  • 4 positions with scholarship

Part-time Study option available

Cycle Starts
October 1, 2024

Cycle Ends
September 30, 2027

PhD office
PhD Unit

How to enroll

To be admitted to the Ph.D. Programme, applicants must participate in an open competition based on qualifications and examinations. The selection procedure aims to ascertain the applicants’ academic background and scientific research aptitude to ensure an appropriate comparative assessment. The Call for Applications sets out details about examination and assessment criteria.

Admission Requirements and Application procedures

Applications may be submitted, without age or nationality restrictions, by candidates who:

  • have studied in Italy and hold a qualification such as laurea magistrale, laurea specialistica or laurea del vecchio ordinamento (pre D.M. 509/1999)
  • hold a university degree equivalent to the degrees mentioned above (Master of Science/Art), which grants access to the doctorate in the country where they completed their university studies.

Professional qualifications (e.g., Master of Business Administration - MBA, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery - MBBS, etc.) do not grant access to PhD studies.

Those who will graduate by the date of enrolment in the Ph.D. program may also apply and participate in the competition.

To submit an application the candidate must connect to the ESSE3 website in the dates indicated by the Call for Admissions, select the PhD Programme of interest, complete the online application which must subsequently be sent, together with the requested documentation, to no later than the date and time indicated in the Call.

The operational instructions for submitting the online application are available in specific "Guidelines" available in the section dedicated to the competition procedure and published at the same time as the Call for Admissions.
There is no fee to participate in the competition.

Enrollment to the PhD

At the end of the selection procedures, the winner candidates must enroll in the PhD Programme by the deadline indicated in the Rectoral Decree following the instructions in the "Guidelines" published at the same time as the Decree. Upon registration, payment of an annual fee is required, to be paid in a single installment at the time of registration and consisting of the following items:

PhD students with scholarship: €452.00 (of which €186.00 as regional tax on the right to study, €250.00 for contributions, €16.00 for stamp duty paid virtually)

PhD students without scholarship: €202.00 (of which €186.00 as regional tax on the right to study, €16.00 for stamp duty paid virtually)

Call for applications Foreign Literatures and Languages 40th cycle

Please note that for candidates with a foreign qualification degree it is mandatory to send the Grade conversion form filled in.
A Conversion tool is available to calculate the vote conversion.


  • Application Deadline: : May 23, 2024  -  hours 12:00 PM